English at Baines in Key Stage 3 both builds on English at Key Stage 2, and prepares pupils for the demands of Key Stage 4. We want our pupils to have the knowledge and the literacy skills required to help them with GCSE and with life beyond school. Pupils build and reinforce this knowledge and these skills through a carefully chosen topic-based curriculum. It is our aim that we foster in pupils and appreciation and love of literature and non-fiction writing, both classic and modern, and become skilled communicators, both written and verbally. We encourage our pupils to think critically and with independence, to appreciate the importance of values both British and universal, and we want all of our learners to be resilient and confident in an enjoyable subject that is absolutely vital, both across school and in the wider world beyond.


Key Stage 4 English at Baines builds on the skills and knowledge learnt at both Key Stages 2 and 3, and prepares pupils for the rigours and the demands of both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. They will learn skills that are vital for life after school, such as the ability to communicate clearly, whether in spoken or written language, and the ability to read for meaning in increasingly sophisticated texts. Through GCSE English Literature, we want our learners to not only enjoy the texts we study, but also appreciate the way in which they have been written, and develop an understanding of the values and idea that underpin those texts.

Names of staff, role & contact details

Mr S Davies
Subject Leader for English

Mrs C Davies
Senior Assistant Subject Leader for English

Mrs K Streetly
Literacy Co-coordinator/Teacher of English

Mrs H Gibson
Teacher of English

Mrs S Russell
Teacher of English

Mrs M Moore
Teacher of English

Year 7School LifeGothic TalesHeroes and VillainsShared TextA Midsummer Night’s DreamA Midsummer Night’s Dream + Exam
Year 8What the Dickens?Science Fiction, Fact and DystopiaWrite Around the World – prose, poetry and dramaWrite Around the World – prose, poetry and dramaCharity CampaignShared Text + Exam
Year 9Crime and MysteryExploration and AdventureShared TextWar and ConflictWar and ConflictOf Mice and Men + Exam
Year 10*Language Component 1A – Narrative WritingLiterature Paper 1 – A Christmas CarolLanguage Component 2 A and B – Capital PunishmentLiterature Paper 1 – Romeo and JulietLanguage Component 1B
Literature Paper 1 Revision
Language Component 1 Revision
Language Component 1B
Literature Paper 1 Revision
Language Component 1 Revision
Year 11*Literature Paper 2 – An Inspector CallsLiterature Paper 2 – Poetry: Power and ConflictLiterature Paper 2 Poetry: Power and Conflict continued, Unseen PoetryExam Preparation
Language Component 1 and 2
Literature Paper 1 and 2
Exam Preparation
Language Component 1 and 2
Literature Paper 1 and 2

* GCSE/KS4 – Teachers will revisit elements of the GCSEs at other times, if they see fit. Poetry may be interspersed at other times throughout the KS4 course. Language Spoken Language will also be covered at different points throughout the course.

How and when is my child assessed?

The English Department assesses pupils in KS3 every half-term, following the Lancashire Assessment model. Over the course of an academic year, we assess reading and writing skills through a range of tasks, culminating in an end-of-year examination. Pupils use skills books and assessment books.

During KS4, pupils are assessed throughout the two-year course, through a micture of classroom assessments at the end of units and using formal mock examinations

Name of course(s) offeredExam boardLink to specNature of assessment
GCSE English LanguageEduqas (WJEC) examinations (1 hour 45 and 2 hours).
Internally assessed Spoken Language presentation.
GCSE English LiteratureAQA examinations (1 hour 45, 2 hours 15).

How to support your child in English:

Key Stage 3 English

BBC Bitesize English Language:
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